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ACT Place Names Committee

The ACT Place Names Committee sets the policy for naming of public places in the Australian Capital Territory (ACT).

Expressions of interest for appointment to the ACT Place Names Committee

Expressions of interest are invited from persons interested in a voluntary role on the ACT Place Names Committee.

The Committee is responsible for providing expert advice and recommendations to the Minister on significant place naming in the ACT.

How to apply

Please ensure you read the nomination and selection criteria before completing the form



Email with any attachments to placenames@act.gov.au


ACT Place Names
Office of the Surveyor-General and Land Information
Environment and Sustainable Development
GPO Box 158
Canberra ACT 2601

Nominations close on Friday 18 July 2014.

If you are unable to access the document electronically, please contact ACT Place Names (02) 6205 0057 or email placenames@act.gov.au 


The committee is appointed by the Minister for Planning to advise on public place naming, geographical naming and contentious naming matters. The members are:

  • Dr Jay Arthur, historian (Co-Chair)
  • Mr Bill Hirst, Surveyor-General of the ACT (Co-Chair)
  • Mr John Kalokerinos, multicultural
  • Dr Jill Waterhouse, historian
  • Dr Dianne Firth, heritage
  • Ms Alex Sloan, media
  • Dr David Headon, historian
  • Dr Lenore Coltheart, historian
  • Ms Natalie Broughton, National Capital Authority
  • Ms Roslyn Brown, Chair United Ngunnawal Elders Council


  • Ms Sharon Priestly, ACT Place Names Officer
  • Mr Peter Phillips, ACT Place Names Officer

Committee responsibilities

The terms of reference for the Place Names Committee are to:

  • establish policies and guidelines for the determination of place names for territory land in the ACT, including suburbs, roads, public places and geographic features; and 
  • provide recommendations to the Minister or his delegate on place names for territory land in the ACT.

The Committee meets on an as required basis or at least once a year. A meeting is arranged whenever issues arise that need a consensus of opinion from the Committee. Issues that would require a meeting may include: 

  • discussion on and formulation of place names policies
  • contentious issues
  • discussion on new suburb names and/or themes

Advice is sought from Indigenous Elders, nominated experts (historians and cultural experts) from external agencies, organisations and community groups when required.

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